Often, problem gambling is accompanied by substance use. To learn more, please download the problem gambling and substance use disorder fact sheet.
Compulsive gambling shares many characteristics with substance abuse, including:
Compulsive gambling differs from substance abuse in that:
Hence, compulsive gambling has been called the "hidden addiction." Many addiction treatment professionals believe that compulsive gambling is extremely difficult to overcome because of the gambler's belief in the possibility - however slim - that the next bet can result in a big win.